Message from the Editor In Chief

As Editor-In-Chief, I’d like to welcome you to the website for the Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal (ReCUR) and hope you will explore how undergraduate students, faculty, alumni and friends engage with high-quality research and creative works conducted here at Michigan State University.

ReCUR was founded by the Michigan State University Honors College in 2009 to provide an outlet for a set of multi-disciplinary student research and creative works to be published, as well as give students the ability to learn about the editorial process. The students published in ReCUR have gone on to a range of experiences, including graduate school and becoming emerging leaders in their fields and communities.

The website is also a source of information for faculty to connect their students with a publication, provide blind review of student’s work prior to publication, or participate on the Editorial Board.

For alumni and friends, we hope you will enjoy reading about the academic pursuits of the students, get some insights into the various areas of scholarly activity and consider supporting this publication through a donation or signing up as an organizational or corporate sponsor.

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, PhD
Dean and Professor
Honors College

About ReCUR

ReCUR is an annual publication from the Michigan State University Honors College that highlights the diversity and quality of our students’ research and creative endeavors. In addition to providing Honors College students an outlet for publication of their work, ReCUR offers students an opportunity to learn about publication in an academic journal from multiple perspectives: as a submitter, a peer reviewer, or member of the Student Editorial Board or Editorial Staff. ReCUR also provides faculty, students, and alumni a forum for reflection and assessment of emerging areas of scholarly activity.

Each submission to ReCUR is carefully reviewed by faculty members before submission. Members of the Editorial Staff evaluate and assign submissions to members of the Faculty and Student Editorial Boards, who then identify appropriate faculty for peer review. Members of each Editorial Board further evaluate peer-reviewed and revised submissions to identify those of exceptional quality that are submitted to the Editorial Staff. Members of the Editorial Staff make the final decisions about publication in ReCUR. After acceptance, submitters work with the Editorial Staff to prepare their work for final publication. This process provides multiple opportunities for collaboration between students and faculty and ensures that each journal issue reflects the venerable scholarship of MSU Honors College students.